Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I was one of the lucky guys from our company that got to go out to the range and clear a spot for some targets that were being brought in by helicopter. The range was difficult to get to so we flew in. The first day we flew in a Blackhawk, the second a Chinook. What a difference! It could be compared to driving our Neon (the Blackhawk) or driving a tour bus (the Chinook).
I perferred riding in the Blackhawk.
The Chinook is the workhorse of the helicopters. It can pick up a tremendous amount of weight. The pilots are amazing. They really showed off their skills placing the targets were they wanted them and flying us around.
Here is some of the ordnance that we blew up. There was stuff everywhere. It was one of my first range clearances and it was a lot of fun. We're hoping to do this again when they have more targets to bring out here. It sure beats working in the office.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
It's been really exciting for us. We have two weeks before we head out. We're making packing lists, lists of people to visit (schedule now with us!), things to bring, things to leave behind,... it's a whirlwind of paper, sticky notes, and pencils. We're excited about the new challenge of parenthood. Is an 8" cresent wrench good enough for a rattle? I did get her a Harley Davidson receiving blanket, in HD orange color. (Take that Barbie!) I did find some camoflauge infant clothes in the Cabela's catalog. And of course we'll have to get her a Boston Red Sox shirt. (Sarah isn't so thrilled with my fashion sense. hehehe)
We've been reorganizing the house a little, making room for Abigail and her new things that we have to get. (Military housing isn't the most spacious housing.) Now we have to think about child proofing things and keeping the dogs from slobbering all over her. (Does that count as bath time?)
Like I said, it's been fun and exciting as well as a little stressful. I hope that you guys bear with us. We'll keep everyone posted as we get closer to the adoption.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I thought that I would post some pictures of some stuff that we found at work and disposed of.
This is a 250lb practice bomb that the Naval Station dredged out of their lake. It's filled with concrete. It's funny to see the look on the guards faces when we roll through the gates at Ft Hood. We tell them not to mind the bomb in the back of the truck.
The guys strapped 20lbs of C-4 to the bomb and blew it up. All they found was concrete dust.
Here's a 60mm mortar that failed to fire so we blew it up with an old hand grenade that was found way in the back of a range. The grenade was rusted solid.
Here is a video of us at the range. We had a couple of blocks of C-4 left over so we decided to try to "punt" a 155mm practice projectile over the tree. The 155mm is filled with concrete. I would say that we made it.
I thought about trying out for the New England Patriots' new punter next season.